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Leased Territories
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By international comparison, it was a peculiarity of China that the great powers secured territorial control mainly in the legal form of a limited-period lease. The unlimited and unconditional cessions of Hong Kong (in the Treaty of Nanjing 1842) and of Taiwan (in t…

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Osterhammel, Jürgen, “Leased Territories”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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